Kit Yan (Playwright/Poet/Performer/Lyricist) is a Yellow-American New York based artist, born in Enping, China and raised in raised in Waipahu, Hawaii.
My art is a dreamspace where queer and transgender subjects can time travel in order to witness, remember, and heal our herstories. I hold writing as a portal into the borderless ancestral past, imagined futures, and a lifeline back onto this earth. Here, we can ground, explore, and discover stories on our own terms—messy, ugly, and wholly beautiful.
My dreams lead me to write about the fractures in my life and this world, the times I fucked up, the times I was held accountable by my family and communities, the times of collective struggle on a path towards collective liberation. Above all else, I write about queer love smashing racism, patriarchy, and systemic oppressions.
INTERSTATE: a new musical with Melissa Li (Forthcoming Musical Theater Factory residency 2018, terraNOVA Collective’s Groundworks Residency at the IRT, Project Reach workshop, Dixon Place staged reading)
QUEER HEARTACHE: I.D. Festival at the American Repertory Theater, IRT Theater, Chicago Fringe, Transgender Theater Festival at the Brick Theater, San Francisco Fringe). AWARDS: Spirit of Fringe, Artists’ Pick, and Audience Choice Awards at the 2015 Chicago Fringe Festival, and Best of Fringe, and Volunteer’s Choice awards at the 2016 San Fran Fringe Festival. Published by TransGenre Press (2016). Forthcoming 2018: American Repertory Theater’s Oberon Season. 8 National College tours.
T(ESTOSTERONE): 2016/2017 Civilians R&D residency, Playwright’s Realm fellowship and Scratchpad series Semi-finalists, Playspace table reading at the Lark
Other forthcoming: NEXT STEP 2018 Village Theater American Voices residency; MR. TRANSMAN 2018 Trans Lab Fellowship supported by the Women’s Project and the Public Theater
AFTEREARTH (film): 2017 Smithsonian Ae’ Kai commission; forthcoming 2018 Smithsonian and Adobe Creative sponsored site specific showcases during SUNDANCE.
AFFILIATIONS: Dramatists Guild, 2017/2018 Trans Theater Festival curator, Musical Theater Factory POC Round table, Dixon Place 2017 teaching artist in residence, Commercial Theater Institute, Babson College c/o of 2006